I came across a blog post from Dave Caddick referencing an article from Channel Register that seemed to indicate that Microsoft’s Viridian hypervisor is under 1MB footprint??? There’s been a lot of conversation around VMware’s introduction of the ESX3i Embedded virtualization platform that boots off flash memory in less than 32 MB, but 1MB? that’s pretty insane. According to the article, it came from Mike Neil (Microsoft) who should be a trusted resource on the matter. I’m a little unsure on Mike/Microsoft’s lack of value seen in an embedded virtualization platform as their reasoning for not wanting to do it is that you still have to store your virtual images somewhere….duh! of course you do, but that’s what SAN disk is for. However, the question still remains as to whether it’s more valuable to network boot a virtualization platform or boot it from flash memory.